US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin last February ordered a review of Pentagon policies on countering extremism within its ranks.
The announcement came after the revelation of dozens of former military personnel in the assault on Capitol Hill on January 6, in which thousands of Donald Trump supporters rushed to Congress to prevent elected U.S. officials from certify the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election.
The overwhelming majority of men and women in the Department of Defense serve this country with honor and integritysaid Lloyd Austin, quoted in a statement accompanying the report of a task force on countering extremism.
They respect the oath they have taken to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, he added.
We believe that only a very small number of people violate this oath by taking part in extremist activity.
About 100 Members of the US military on active or reserve duty have had prohibited extremist activity over the past year, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
He did not specify what type of activity they had engaged in, but cited advocating the overthrow of the government or the
domestic terrorism as examples of prohibited practices.
In its new guidelines, the task force does not mention specific extremist groups. Among its recommendations is increased training of the military on what constitutes prohibited extremist activity.
This includes in particular instructions on social networks, what is allowed or not, explained John Kirby.